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February 19, 2022
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Mara Brock Akil, Tracy Oliver, Meg DeLoatch and D’Angela Proctor among industry leaders to be celebrated. Register today at

(Black PR Wre) - Black Women Film Network (BWFN), now in its 25th year of championing and preserving the voices of Black women in film and television, is proud to announce its roster of honorees for the 2022 BWFN Summit taking place Saturday, March 5 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM EST as a free virtual experience on the Cvent Attendee Hub. Registration is open at

This year’s honorees are:


  • Mara Brock Akil(Producer/Writer - "Girlfriends," "The Game," "Black Lightning) - RainmakHER of the Year Award


  • Tracy Oliver(Writer, "Harlem," "Girls Trip," "First Wives Club") - StorytellHER Award


  • Meg Deloatch(Creator, Netflix' "Family Reunion") - TrailblazHER Award


  • Ashley Holland(TV Agent & Partner, WME) - RepresentHER Award


  • D'Angela Proctor(Attorney/TV Producer - “Line Sisters”) - ProducHER Award


  • Tiffany Hasbourne(Costume Designer, "In Treatment," "Atlanta" and "Without Remorse") - StyleHER Award


  • Cori Murray (Deputy Editor, ESSENCE) - ElevatHER Award

The Summit’s theme is “The Shoulders We Stand On: Celebrating 25 Years of BWFN Legacy,” reflecting a decades-long tradition of elevating Black women in the arts and entertainment through education, resources and networking.

Launched during Women’s History Month, the half-day Summit will feature over 40 expert speakers along with panels, master classes, fireside chats, the BWFN Book Festival and an announcement of our BWFN Scholarship Program recipients. 

The 2022 BWFN Summit panels and speakers are:

"Mic Check: Podcasting and Producing"

Learn from the best in the podcast game as they teach you how to start, record, edit, publish, grow, monetize and sustain your podcast! Panelists: Laiya St. Clair, Tribble and Jamie Broadnax.

"The Plug: I Need Representation"

Hear from an agent and a lawyer about their decision-making processes and roles in a writer's career. Panelists: Donald Woodard, Ashley Harrison and Nina Gloster.

"10 Tricks to Take Your Webinars from Boring to Buzzworthy"

Hosted by Cvent, this fireside chat will show you how to get the most out of your next webinar. 

"Shoot Your Shot: Auditions 101 - A Fireside Chat with Tracy ‘Twinkie’ Byrd"

The legendary casting director shares her journey while offering tips on growing confidence during the audition process and gaining exposure during a pandemic.

"Pitch Perfect: Turning My Idea Into Reality"

Learn the art of pitching to networks and production companies from “The Reel Divas,” a collective of film and TV vets that include Terri J. Vaughn, Diane Ashford, Samantha Ramirez-Herrera, Shante Paige, Ty Johnston-Chavis and Gieava Stinchcomb.

"It's the Hair, Makeup & Costume for Me"

Learn tips for how to become successful in hair, makeup, and wardrobe departments. Panelists: Angela Stevens, Stevie Martin, Provi Fulp and Deborah Nadoolman Landis.

"Inside the Writer's Room"

Ever wonder what it takes to go from script to screen? These successful screenwriters will give you the real story on crafting and shopping your screenplay. Panelists: Leigh Davenport, Rasheena Nash, Ayana Reece, and Kaye Singleton.

"Where the Money Resides: Funding Your Film"

Join these seasoned producers as they provide insightful tips on securing funding for independent film and tv projects. Panelists: Brett Dismuke and Beth Earl.

BWFN Book Festival

Leading authors discuss the journey to get your book from idea to publishing in this two-part presentation.

  • Session I Panelists: Patrice Gaines, Dr. Lori Dixon James, Dorothea Baker Gates, Shawn Loving
  • Session II Panelists: Namina Forna, Wanda M. Morris, DL White, Kimberly Baker Guillemet, Marsalis

Special thanks to our 2022 gift sponsors: ConditionHER, Black Flicks Trivia, Mahogany Wick, Brooklyn Tea, Glynis’ Kitchen, Midnight Reflections and Anisa International.

Register for FREE to attend the BWFN Summit at us on Instagram (@blackwomenfilm) or Facebook (BlackWomenFilmNetwork) for upcoming announcements on honorees, speakers and more.